Mitt Romney, the American presidential candidate hoping to replace Barrack Obama, spoke to the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) at their national convention in Reno Nevada. Here’s an excerpt (hopefuly not taken out of context) from that speech.
“The President’s policies have made it harder to recover from the deepest recession in seventy years, exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify, compromised our national-security secrets, and in dealings with other nations, given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved, and apology where it is not due,”
This, I would have to say, is about as critical as one can get without resorting to expletives and name calling. Unfortunately, it’s light on too many points. It’s like a thesis statement coming before a volley of evidence. Meanwhile, in London, the Daily Telegraph quotes an unnamed Romney advisor as saying, “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”
Translation: “I’m white, you’re white, Obama’s not white, so you should like me better. Let’s go be white somewhere in private and talk about how awesome that is.”
Those willing to drink the red Republican cool-aid will smile and nod their heads. Surely they will hear Romney’s words about the president’s policies making it harder to recover from the deepest recession in seventy years, and place that squarely on Obama’s shoulders. So what’s your plan for fixing the economy Mitt? Remove all restrictions from big business and let them do their thing? Reduce taxes? The economy doesn’t suck because of Obama. The economy sucks all over the planet. It’s not like this is an American problem – it’s a global problem. Capitalist economies require constant growth, low labor costs, easy access to resources, and a consumer market with cash. He’s also stated at one point that he’s going to talk tough to China about their manipulation of their currency. Really? I think the Chinese are going to laugh at you Mitt. (Actually, they’re probably laughing right now – all the way to the bank). Who have we borrowed the most money from Mitt? Where do we get most of our cheap manufacturing labor from Mitt? When was the last time a lender paid attention to a borrower’s complaints about their lending practices? Sure, the federal government in this country can impose laws on our own banks, but can a borrower country impose laws on the lending practices of another country?
As for the military cuts, I think Mitt is referring to the cuts that congress voted for – the one that was approved by Republicans to cut military spending by 50 billion. So, these are cuts that no one can justify? I think not, Mitt. If you want to reduce the deficit, then you have to cut something. And if you’re going to bitch about what was cut, then you better identify what you’d cut instead. What would that be, Mitt? Entitlement programs? If you want to end social security and eliminate government jobs, then make that statement. Otherwise, STFU. In short, if you disagree with Obama’s policies, then STATE what you would have done. Just bitching about them tells me nothing. Does that actually work on some voters? If so, then we’re FUCKED.
“This is very simple,” Romney said. “If you don’t want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I’m not your president. But with his cuts to the military, you have that president today.”
Dude… maybe you should bitch about your fellow Republicans who voted for those cuts? They’ll love you for it! But it’s easier just to point the finger, isn’t it? “It was the other guys! They did it!” Dammit, man, you sound like a pansy. Go hook a defibrillator to your balls or something.
And Obama compromised our national-security secrets? This is most likely related to the unproven allegation that the white house intentionally released classified information about the military raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Maybe you should start with saying, “When President Obama finally took out the bastard responsible for blowing up the twin towers…” Yeah, start with that.
Obama has called such accusations “offensive” and said no member of his administration knowingly disclosed national security secrets.
If you can prove Obama leaked intel, Mitt, you won’t have to release the rest of your tax returns! And while you’re at it, you can also prove that our space program was sponsored by aliens, that we’re secretly genetically engineering a race of intelligent monkeys for use in war, and that other worlds out in space are populated by Humans descended from the 13th tribe of Israel. Damn, but I’m serious when I say I want proof of these things, because without that truth, I simply find them very unlikely. Am I just supposed to take it on faith?
Now about the “and in dealings with other nations, given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved, and apology where it is not due,” bit of that speech. How has Obama’s foreign policy been working, Mitt? Is it a total disaster?
In direct contrast to Romney’s claims, Obama said U.S. relations with its allies have never been stronger and that his administration has advanced a “new era of American leadership” that made the nation “safer and stronger and more respected in the world.”
Sound bites, from both sides. Very useful – NOT. So how does the rest of the world really view America? This is a question that I cannot answer. I do, however, have some suspicions that the world probably views America in a much more favorable light than it did during the Bush administration when people in other countries were offering us their condolences for having an idiot for commander and chief. So the question is: how will the world view us if you are elected as president? I should let the other nations of the world make that determination if it happens. We can count the condolence cards they send and see if they equal the Bush administration. I will give you this, you at least appear to be a better orator than W, so even if you’re spouting BS, it will sound stately. No one wants to be on a sinking ship with a sputtering Captain calling orders. Stand tall as you drive us into the rocks, and ensure us everything will be fine.
Vice President Biden rebutted Romney, saying the Republican failed to lay out a specific, workable foreign policy.
“Gov. Romney had an opportunity to fulfill a long-standing promise by laying out his foreign policy vision and agenda,” Biden said. “Instead, all we heard from Gov. Romney was empty rhetoric and bluster.”
You were expecting something else Joe? I mean, it’s nice of you to point this out to anyone who wasn’t paying attention, but we’re still waiting to hear Mitt tell us what his foreign policy is going to be. So far, it seems to be something related to, “we’re America, and we’re tough, so if you praise us thoroughly and buy our shit, we’ll send our troops to do your bidding when you need them.” One of Romney’s advisors referred to President Obama as a “left winger” who “doesn’t value the NATO alliance as much” and who is “very comfortable with American decline.” This was apparently said from a “position of anonymity” as Mr. Romney’s campaign requested that they not criticize the President to foreign media.
I’m confused by this. Is there some perception that “foreign media” doesn’t pay any attention to the shit the Romney campaign says about the president while he’s IN this country? It’s not as if the internet doesn’t exist, or television, or telephones. Since when does saying something bad in one place mean no one else hears it? If you’re going to bitch about the president at home, Mitt, you might as well bitch to the foreign media too. It’s not as if they haven’t already heard it.
Personally, I’d like to hear about Romney’s plan for dealing with Syria, what he’s got in mind for Iran’s nuclear arsenal, how he’s going to deal with the Chinese/Japanese territorial disputes, what his thoughts are on dealing with China’s claim of Taiwan, how he’s going to deal with North Korea if they decide to sell some nukes? And how about the drug war taking place on our border with Mexico? Where IS Mitt’s fricken foreign policy? Does he have a team of television sit-com writers working on the best way to divulge this in a humorous manner?
As it is now, the political game seems to be nothing more than, “the other guys sucks.” This is then followed by “what the other guy said about me is bullshit.” Which is then followed by, “the other guy hasn’t said anything about what he’s actually going to do.” More sound-bites ensue.
I can’t wait for the debates.